David L. Boren Scholarships
NSEP awards David L. Boren Scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduates through a competitive national merit-based process. Since 1994, NSEP has awarded approximately 3,500 Boren Scholarships. Each Boren Scholar goes abroad to a critical country to study its language and culture. Awards are for up to one academic year. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $20,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year.
I studied Arabic in Ifrane, Morocco through the SUNY-Binghamton Exchange Program at Al Akhawayn University, where I was able to experience the culture and better understand the political struggles of the Arab peoples in ways that textbooks could never cover. During my study abroad experience, I attended protests in the capital, Rabat, on issues ranging from discontent of Morocco’s lack of involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian situation to the advancement of women’s rights.
I studied Burmese and Thai on a University of Wisconsin-Madison program in Chiang Mai, Thailand, while researching the underworld of drug-trafficking and insurgency in both Thailand and Burma.